COLLEGE PARK – The Maryland Terrapins looked to avenge an earlier season loss to Michigan after suffering two consecutive losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota. Maryland had not lost back-to-back home games since 2009, and the Terps kept that feat alive as they won a nail biter, 86-82 against the Wolverines on Sunday. “You lose two […]
COLLEGE PARK – The Maryland Terrapins looked to avenge an earlier season loss to Michigan after suffering two consecutive losses to Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Maryland had not lost back-to-back home games since 2009, and the Terps kept that feat alive as they won a nail biter, 86-82 against the Wolverines on Sunday.
“You lose two in a row, it felt like two months,” said Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon. “I was really proud of our team. We beat a really good team that played really, really well. Tonight, the whole team helped us. It was a great team effort tonight. We showed some toughness. We had a great crowd again.”
Maryland finally got its offense clicking again, as four Terps scored in double-figures. Robert Carter Jr. led the way with 17, while Jake Layman and Melo Trimble added 16 and 14 points respectively. Diamond Stone added 13 points.
Michigan had a stellar day offensively as well. Mark Donnal went 10-of-13 from the field and had 25 points for Michigan. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 16 points, and Derrick Walton Jr. had 14.
Maryland jumped out to a 16-point lead, but the Wolverines quickly came back and the game was tight from that point on. Stone scored 10 points in the first half, but was held in check down the stretch. Nevertheless, Trimble’s ability to get to the line was the difference in giving Maryland a 41-36 lead heading into the break.
“We are fine,” Carter said. “We have a lot of confidence in each other. We trust the process and are getting better every day. It is a long season and we are just taking it one day and one game at a time.”
Carter made a fantastic spin move to the basket to extend the Terrapins’ lead to 78-75 with 3:28 remaining as part of a 6-0 run in the waning minutes of the second half. Michigan had gone on a 9-0 run with 6:15 to play beforehand to grab a 73-72 lead.
Maryland took an 82-78 lead with 2:20 to play and increased the lead to 84-79 with 18 seconds left. Michigan’s Duncan Robinson then rattled everyone’s nerves after he hit a clutch three-pointer with 6.9 seconds left to cut the lead to 84-82.
Fortunately for the Terps, Trimble iced the game with a pair of free throws, and Jaylen Brantley stole the inbound pass to close out the game.
“I am so happy for that kid,” Turgeon said. “Jaylen never hung his head, kept practicing hard. When I started to go with Varun (Ram) over him, that is when he kind of turned it on and started practicing well. I just told him, ‘I don’t want you taking bad shots, but when you are open you shoot it because you are a great shooter and we recruited you as a shooter.’ And he did not hesitate, made the three. And I thought his defense was terrific.”
Maryland will face Purdue and Indiana before the Big Ten Tournament opens up on March 9.